The winners of Fast Company’s 2023 World Changing Ideas Awards were announced this week, honoring sustainable designs, innovative products, bold social initiatives, and other creative projects that are changing the way we work, live, and interact with the world.
As a finalist in the Midsize Business category, Shelly is recognized for making the world more equitable, accessible, and sustainable through automation. Shelly provides industry-leading solutions for the automation of homes and buildings, optimizing energy consumption with innovative devices that empower consumers to automate their electronics and their homes. With seven million customers worldwide, Shelly’s award-winning devices help the average consumer monitor and manage their energy consumption, save up to 40% on their monthly electricity bills, and reduce their impact on the grid and the environment.
This year’s World Changing Ideas Awards showcase 45 winners, 216 finalists, and more than 300 honorable mentions—with health, climate, energy, and AI among the most popular categories. A panel of Fast Company editors and reporters selected winners and finalists from a pool of more than 2,200 entries across urban design, education, nature, politics, technology, corporate social responsibility, and more. Several new categories were added this year including rapid response, crypto and blockchain, agriculture, and workplace. The 2023 awards feature entries from across the globe, from Italy to Singapore to New Zealand.
Shelly CEO Svetlin Todorov says, “At Shelly, we believe that by automating the small tasks of your day-to-day routine, you are gifted back the time to focus on the most essential and important elements of life: quality time with your loved ones, mental space to be thoughtful and creative, and the freedom to choose where to put your energy, both literally and figuratively. The downstream effect of encouraging yourself to be “lazy” using home automation? Much less impact on the planet.”
“It’s thrilling to see the creativity and innovation that are so abundant among this year’s honorees,” says Fast Company editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “While it’s easy to feel discouraged by the state of the world, the entrepreneurs, companies, and nonprofits featured in this package show the limitless potential to address society’s most urgent problems. Our journalists have highlighted some of the most exciting and impactful work being done today—from housing to equity to sustainability—and we look forward to seeing not only how these projects evolve but how they inspire others to develop solutions of their own.”